Jam band Railroad Earth kicked off its new tour this week in Asheville, NC in support of its new album “Amen Corner,” a collection...

Jam band Railroad Earth kicked off its new tour this week in Asheville, NC in support of its new album “Amen Corner,” a collection of crisp and crafted roots, bluegrass, and acoustic songs, to be released on June 10. The band is touring all summer through September 27 in San Francisco, CA, with more dates expected to be added in August.

Written and recorded at lead singer/songwriter Todd Sheaffer’s 300 year-old farmhouse in New Jersey’s rural countryside, the album is, literally and figuratively, the rustic sound of a band happy to be at home.

“Normally you come home after six weeks on the road and jump into the studio, all frazzled because you don’t have much left in the tank,” Sheaffer said in a statement. “This time I feel like we’ve invited our friends into our living room and that’s basically how we recorded it. We wanted for years to try working this way and I’m so happy we were finally able to do it.”

That “less is more” attitude is also evident in the band’s and record label’s decision to make the album as “green” as possible. All promotional posters, postcards and tour materials will be printed on FSC Certified paper using soy based inks.

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Railroad Earth itinerary:

June 4The Orange PeelAsheville NC
June 5Variety PlayhouseAtlanta GA
June 6Riverbend FestivalChattanooga TN
June 7Bama JamEnterprise AL
June 10Vintage VinylSt. Louis MO 6pm In-Store Performance
June 10Blueberry HillSt. Louis MO
June 11The CrossroadsKansas City KS
June 13-14Ogden TheatreDenver CO CD Release Party!
June 16The PaladiumSalt Lake City UT
June 17The Big Easy ConcertHouse Boise ID
June 19McDonald TheatreEugene OR
June 20Crystal BallroomPortland OR
June 21The ShowboxSeattle WA
June 28Community Theatre at Mayo Center for Performing ArtsMorristown NJ
July 1Summerfest 2008Milwaukee WI
July 3Rothbury Music FestivalRothbury MI
July 4-5High Sierra Music FestivalQuincy CA
July 13All Good Music FestivalMasontown WV
July 25FloydfestFloyd VA
July 27Falcon Ridge Folk FestivalHillsdale NY
August 1Dunegrass FestivalEmpire MI
August 2Silver Maple Music FestivalComstock Park MI
August 13-14YarmonyGrassCopper Mountain CO
September 49:30 ClubWashington DC
September 5The Fillmore at the Theatre of Living ArtsPhiladelphia PA
September 6The Fillmore NY at Irving PlazaNew York NY
September 13Barrymore TheatreMadison WI
September 14Miramar TheaterMilwaukee WI
September 16The CaboozeMinneapolis MN
September 17The Englert TheaterIowa City IA
September 19-20Fox TheaterBoulder CO
September 22Orpheum TheatreFlagstaff AZ
September 23Belly Up TavernSolana Beach CA
September 26-27The FillmoreSan Francisco CA

Last Updated on June 6, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen